How Many Techniques to Make One Card?

Well, I kind of got carried away with this card. I started out just wanting to use this incredibly fun technique called pastel pulling . . . and then, well, here’s my saga.


The black strip is the "pastel pulling" piece. Starting with a black strip (2 1/4" x 5 1/2"), I applied hunter green pastel/chalk all across the bottom with a dauber, then a strip of pumpkin pie, then pale plum, and then perfect plum across the top. Then I ran a VersaMark inked Spooky Skyline Jumbo Wheel across the chalked area, and magic happened. The VersaMark pulls off the chalk and gives you this great skyline. For more umph, I heat embossed the skyline with black embossing powder. It’s a really fun effect.

The only stamp set I used was Autumn Apparitions, and the paper is from the Creepy Crawly designer paper, along with Garden Green, and Pumpkin Pie.

More techniques? Oh yeah!

  1. I used the corner round to make the scallops.
  2. Did some faux stitching under the scallops.
  3. Since Stampin’ Up! only carries white metal tags now, and I didn’t want white, I tea-stained the tags.
  4. Used the spritzer tool on the metal tag and on the pumpkins with Pumpkin Pie and Going Gray markers.
  5. Masked the pumpkins.
  6. Rock and rolled the pumpkins using a Going Gray marker.
  7. Used the omitting technique and markers to stamp the pumpkin stems with Chocolate Chip and the leaves in Garden Green
  8. Wrapped wire (copper wire works) around a stylus to make the curls for the pumpkin.
  9. Heat embossed the cat on the metal edge tag.
  10. Painted the pumpkin with Crystal Effects for a faux epoxy look to match my embossed skyline and cat.


I was kind of challenged with the pumpkin stamp. When I stamped it initially, it seemed kind of flat, and I felt it needed some shading. So, I rock and rolled, spritzed and epoxied it, and then added the wire. The trick with the wire was just to lay it on top of the pumpkin while the Crystal Effects was still wet. Another hint about painting something like this with Crystal Effects – be sure to let it dry flat.

Since I’m a technique junkie – this was a blast for me to make. I hope my fellow swappers enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it.


Sweet Comments

  1. I have never heard of pastel pulling, but it sounds wonderful! I starred this one in my Google Reader so I remember to give it a try. This is absolutely fantastic!

  2. wow!!!! i’m going to try all of these techniques- esp the Pastel Pulling… COOL! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Love all the Halloween cards — especially this one. SO FANTASTIC — I love all the layers!!

  4. Wow!!! That is one fantastic Halloween card!! I haven’t even heard of Pastel Pulling! Sounds so intriguing! I’ll have to try it! Thanks for sharing this!

  5. I’ve never heard of pastel pulling either. Thanks for sharing – it’s a great card!